Some observers of the Murdoch mafiosi and their shilling-takers may have forgotten how the Times’ chief investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk sprayed his hard-won credibility up the wall on the infamous “Muslim fostering” case. They may also have forgotten the report by Professor Brian Cathcart, and Paddy French of Press Gang, exposing Norfolk’s systematic Muslim bashing, and the faux outrage from the Murdoch press in response.
The Murdoch press has a problem with Muslims. Or rather, it has a problem reporting on them honestly and accurately. It has a problem with lying about them. And it is the lying which has this time landed the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker in deep legal doo-doo. The offending Times article came in the wake of the Reading stabbings last June.
“We incorrectly suggested (News, 25 June) that the advocacy organisation CAGE and its Outreach Director, Moazzam Begg, were supporting the individual suspected of the Reading knife attacks of June 20, 2020, and that they were excusing his actions by reference to failings by the police and others. We also wrongly stated that they refused to comment on their involvement with the suspect”. Rather a lot wrong there, then.
Prof Cathcart was scathing in his response to the news. “The third time in a year that [The Times] has paid damages for publishing falsehoods about Muslims. So desperate is this paper to demonise this minority that due care and accuracy simply go out the window. It's not just Andrew Norfolk doing this. It is Times policy”. No lessons are being learned here.
And, as he’s not told them to desist, it must be assumed that this behaviour has the blessing of Rupert Murdoch himself. But then, the Murdoch press has peddled racism for decades. So no-one should be surprised by this news, except for one detail.
That being the rest of the press remaining silent on the issue. And that’s not good enough.